in one living and true God perfect in love and righteousness who exists eternally in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, equal in power and glory, worthy of worship and obedience and who is the Creator of all things both seen and unseen, by whom all things were created and through whom all things have life.
that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, eternally begotten by the Father, conceived of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary and thus is both fully God and fully man; that he lived a perfect, sinless life; that he suffered and died for our sake to atone for sin; that he was raised from the dead bodily and ascended into heaven where he remains until he returns to judge the living and the dead.
in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and giver of life, who is one with the Father and the Son sent by Jesus Christ to convict humanity of their sinfulness, to regenerate the believing sinner; to shape and transform the Church’s identity, and to indwell, guide, instruct, intercede for, and empower believers to bear the fruit of the Spirit for God’s glory and service to others.
that the Bible, Holy Scripture, is the Word of God written; inspired by the Holy Spirit, having divine authority on all matters that it addresses. Holy Scripture makes good on its claims, accomplishes what it sets out to do, and is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in God’s wisdom to equip believers to perform the Gospel fittingly.
that humanity was created in the image of God, giving humanity dignity and worth; Humanity rebelled against God, though, falling short of God’s expectations. Everyone, then, is, in and of his own nature, sinful incurring not only physical but also spiritual death — a separation from God — and thus is deserving of God’s righteous judgment. As such, humanity is broken and in need of redemption.
that Jesus Christ died on the cross as sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures; rose bodily from the dead on the third day; and ascended into heaven where He now sits as our High Priest and Advocate. Jesus’ death and resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who repent and believe, and those who receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour are born of the Holy Spirit and thus adopted into the family of God.
in the visible bodily return to earth of Jesus Christ to raise the dead, judge the world and establish his eternal kingdom; and that those who believe will live with God forever while unbelievers will be eternally separated from him.
that the Church is the living body of Christ on earth; Christ being its head; that the Body is composed of all people who trust Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord and seek to live according to his ways. The local church exists as an expression of the universal Church to exalt God, edify believers, and engage the world with the Gospel.
that water baptism is the beginning sacrament and entry into the covenant of faith while the Lord’s Supper is the continuing sacrament that shapes our present life as we remember what Christ has done and envision what Christ will do when he returns. Both sacraments are observed by the Church, although they are not, in and of themselves, means of salvation. Participation in the sacraments is based on faith in Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
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